It’s a new year, and you may be starting to plan a holiday in your narrowboat or a travelling route for those of you who do not moor full time. So, we have compiled a list of the top places to visit in your narrowboat this year.
- The Avon Ring
The Avon Ring is a circuit of 109 miles and 131 locks. There are plenty of places to visit along this route but be sure to stop and visit the birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare (Stratford-Upon-Avon). You can moor opposite the Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon and visit local cultural areas such as such as the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Shakespeare’s house.
Cruise the majestic River Severn to Worcester, then ascend the Tardebigge Flight, which is the longest flight of locks in Britain on the Worcester & Birmingham canal. The Tardebigge Flight comprises of 30 locks, raises the canal 67 metres.
- Llangollen Canal
The Llangollen Canal crosses the border between England and Wales. The waterway links Llangollen in Denbighshire, North Wales, with Hurleston in South Cheshire, via the town of Ellesmere, Shropshire. The canal stretches 90 miles and has a total of 21 locks.
Along this route is the ‘stream in the sky’, The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. It is a navigable aqueduct that carries the Llangollen Canal over the valley of the River Dee. The aqueduct is 307m in length and soars 38m above the River Dee.
- Oxford Canal
The 78 mile long Oxford Canal links Oxford with Coventry in the centre of England and is considered to be one of the most scenic canals in Britain. It connects with the River Thames at Oxford and to the Coventry Canal in Bedworth.
This region offers a look into the past with traditional villages and pubs boasting architecture that dates back to the 18th century.
- River Erne
This river is located in the North/West of Ireland, and is the second-longest river in Ulster. The river is 80 miles long and flows through Lough Gowna, Lough Oughter and Upper and Lower Lough Erne, to the sea at Ballyshannon. It is difficult to distinguish the river as it winds its way through interconnected loughs. Lough Erne is a maze of more than 150 islands and sheltered bays where you may be the only boat moored, making it a great place to visit if you like your privacy.
- The South Pennine Ring
The South Pennine Ring crosses the Pennines between Manchester and Huddersfield, it is roughly 69 miles long and has 197 locks. It covers parts of five canals, and includes passage through the longest canal tunnel in Britain. You will find an unrelenting ascent up the Huddersfield Narrow, which stops climbing at an altitude of 645ft, making it the highest canal in Britain.
If you’re an experienced narrowboater and like a challenge, this route could be the pinnacle of your achievement.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this list and it has sparked some ideas about travelling in your narrowboat this year.